Episode 14: Sarah Hepola on Vulnerability, Blackout Drinking and More

This week’s episode with the generous and charismatic Sarah Hepola is one of my stand-out favorites. Sarah and I start out discussing her memoir Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget, including her childhood in Dallas, her fateful first drink and her many years of binge drinking. We end up somewhere else, in an intimate place that reminds me of sitting with my best friend trying to understand why we do the things we do.

I hope you enjoy this episode because it is the type of conversation I imagined having on this show when I started Lit Up with Emily (despite how vulnerable it makes me feel). After all, what could be more interesting than talking to a brilliant woman about the relationship we have with our bodies, with sex, and about the many ways we try to escape ourselves?

Please let us know what you think of this show.

xox Angie

Sarah Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon.com, where she reads people’s secrets for a living. She has written many stories about drinking and eating too much. Her essays on culture have appeared in the New York Times magazine, The New Republic, Glamour, The Guardian, Nerve, Slate, and The Morning News, where she has been a contributing writer for more than a decade. Her past jobs include: Travel columnist, music editor, film critic, sex blogger, and for about 15 seconds in the late ’90s, she taught high school English. She lives in East Dallas, where she enjoys playing her guitar poorly and listening to the “Xanadu” soundtrack.

Blackout_HC Sarah Hepola au photo [cr. Zan Keith]

Buy Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store.


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  • I love your podcast! Would it be possible for you to make this episode downloadable? this function seems blocked for this episode in particular. Thanks in advance!

    • Britton Schey

      It is downloadable now! My apologies- all of our episodes are downloadable, but we just had an oversight for this one!

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